Grump Central Archive: Week of 17 May 2020

Saturday, 23 May 2020

The camper's days are numbered: my helper and I cleaned it out in preparation to haul it away to a scrap yard. It's going to be sooo nice to have it gone—it's a blight on my property. As a bonus, my helper bought my tool trailer, and he'll be taking that away soon, too, so my property will finally begin looking less "trashy" and more like what I'd intended—especially after I have the construction debris hauled away. The next step: begin staining the siding (well, if I feel like it).


Friday, 22 May 2020

Another terribly difficult day yesterday when I made the mistake of listening to the two albums produced (so far) by October Project, to me one of the finest contemporary groups ever—a group, it seems, hardly anyone knows, with haunting, ethereal voices delivering some of the deepest, most moving lyrics. And, rarest of rare, two albums of songs, every one of which I love. Tell me how you feel without words.


Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Yesterday was particularly difficult. I was sifting through music I hadn't played in a while, and came across Richard Robbins' magnificent score for Merchant-Ivory's Remains of the Day. Being hypersensitive to the emotional power of music, I was immediately drawn into a painful reverie as the final track played (the scene where Anthony Hopkins' character frees a trapped bird), and I began to sob. I spent the rest of the day recovering.


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Life has become a pain in the neck. Literally. I've had bad discs my entire adult life, and occasionally one of them would complain. Well, a disc in my neck appears to have reached the end of its serviceable life, and I now have shooting pain from my neck down my right arm pretty much 24/7, with no signs of letting up. My spine specialist warned me this would happen, and that the only solution was surgery. I guess I'll be living with the pain from here on out, because I'm not going under the knife. It's just not worth it at this point...


Monday, 18 May 2020

As soon as the heat and humidity had started, it stopped. The next week or so is supposed to be cloudy/rainy with temperatures more suited to early spring. Meanwhile, there's been no action at all on the Health Department issue since the end of March, thanks to the pandemic. It might have been resolved had I not gone into the hospital in February, but that's a moot point. Don't know if any of this is good or bad...


Sunday, 17 May 2020

This sudden heat and humidity will take a little getting used to. It's almost strange being comfortable in just a T-shirt.

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